Maroccoli-Syrah-sa

Maroccoli Syrah

Sicilia Menfi D.O.C.

100% Syrah

Syrah is a noble Mediterranean grape which gives of its best in bright dry places like our Sicily. Because of this we have a great belief in the future of this variety in our island. This interpretation of Syrah is produced in a modern style, respecting all the characteristics of the vine, from an extraordinary vineyard – Maroccoli at about 400 metres, in an unspoilt area. Powerful and impenetrable, this is a wine destined for long aging.

Awards

2013 James Suckling 93
  Decanter Asia Wine Awards 17 Bronze
 
2011
 
 
James Suckling 94
Wine Enthusiast 90
Wine Advocate Robert Parker 90
Vinous 88+
Drink Business – Global Syrah Masters Gold
2010 James Suckling 93
  Wine Enthusiast 91
  Wine Spectator 90
  Jancis Robinson 15,5
2009 I vini di Veronelli Tre stelle rosse
  Wine Spectator 90
2008 Guida vini Siciliani (Giornale di Sicilia) Vino a 5 stelle
  Sommelier Wine Award Silver
  Slow Wine Grande Vino
  James Suckling 92
  Wine Enthusiast 90
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 90
  Vinous 90
  Vinous 88
  Wine Spectator 88
2007 Falstaff 91
  Wine Enthusiast 91
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 90
  Vinous 90
  Wine Spectator 88
2006 Wine Spectator 90
  Wine Enthusiast 90
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 90
  Vinous 90
  Decanter World Wine Awards Silver
2005 Falstaff 91
  Wine Enthusiast 91
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 88
  Vinous 88
  Wine Spectator 86
  Decanter World Wine Awards Silver
2004 Wine Spectator 91
  Decanter World Wine Awards Bronze
2003 Wine Enthusiast 90
  Vinous 88
  Wine Spectator 88
2002 Wine Spectator 91
Decanter Silver
Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
Jancis Robinson 16,5
2001 Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri
  Wine Spectator 93
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 88
  Wine Enthusiast 88
  Decanter Bronze
2000 Wine Spectator 88
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 87
1999 Vinous 89
  Wine Advocate Robert Parker 88
  Wine Spectator 87

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Altimetry

370

Above sea level

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Climate

20°Average temperature

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Farming system

Cordon

Planting density

4.500 vines per hectare

Now

19.9°C

Cloudiness 0%
Humidity 77%
Wind 1mh ↑

First Vintage

1999

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  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • Vintage distinguished by winter and spring with little rain, very hot August and cool dry September.
  • Almost perfect vintage; well concentrated reds with hot clear tannin.
  • A cooler summer (as in 2004) resulted in very fruity full white wines for slow maturation, and varietal reds with hot dense tannin.
  • Hardly any rain in winter and spring. Low production and very good quality in contrast with the rest of Italy.
  • Rather more rain than usual refreshed some of the harvest; reds with colour and body.
  • Cold wet winter and spring were a perfect preparation for the vines, harvest began 15 days late with cool temperate weather.Very fresh whites
  • Abundant spring and winter rain perfectly prepared the vineyards for summer and autumn ripening. The surprisingly fresh and cool temperatures of July, August and September achieved the rest, with the grapes arriving at the winery in perfect condition.
  • A rainy late-autumn and low temperatures, though not excessively so, have laid strong basis to a good vintage. The vines were able to rest in well-soaked soil. After a rainy winter the spring was particularly cool and dry. A mild summer provided for excellent ripening of both white and red grapes.
  • Grecanico wine is particularly excellent, just as the early varieties Chardonnay and Viogner. Fiano wine will get back to its highest quality, such as the 2001 vintage.
  • The result was a superb vintage, the indigenous varieties are absolutely excellent. Syrah is just perfect: a dry and luminous vintage provided us with a superior quality. The other French varieties are intense and varietal; the Nero d'Avola, the part of La Segreta Rosso blend, is at its top.
  • The harvest began with a delay of about 10-14 days (August 17). Temperatures have increased markedly since August 20, while maintaining the proper level of humidity and avoiding dehydration and concentration of the fruit. Harvesting grecanico ended the last days of September.
  • A fine consistent harvest, thanks to an almost perfect summer and autumn. The healthiest grapes and the amount produced in line with recent years. The whites, thanks to a cool July and first half of August, are very well balanced and with exciting aromatic profiles, particularly the early varieties such as Chardonnay and Viognier. The reds have turned out very well particularly for the aromatic profile, definitely distinctive as to variety with bursting fruitiness. Our favourites from the harvest; Shiraz and Nero d’Avola but the other French varieties have also done well. The harvest at Sambuca di Sicilia was completed on 28th September with the Grecanico which offers elegance and balance
  • Harvesting started on August 9, a little early compared to the five previous years. The white grapes yielded a significantly lesser quantity and were of outstanding quality, especially the Chardonnay and Grecanico varieties. Thanks to the diminished yield the red French grapes, most of all Syrah and Cabernet Franc, were even better. This means great colour and great structure; the Plumbago’s Nero d’Avola for instance displayed its magnificent fragrance to perfection.
  • Harvesting started on August 9, a little early compared to the five previous years. The white grapes yielded a significantly lesser quantity and were of outstanding quality, especially the Chardonnay and Grecanico varieties. Thanks to the diminished yield the red French grapes, most of all Syrah and Cabernet Franc, were even better. This means great colour and great structure; the Plumbago’s Nero d’Avola for instance displayed its magnificent fragrance to perfection.
  • Harvesting started on August 9, a little early compared to the five previous years. The white grapes yielded a significantly lesser quantity and were of outstanding quality, especially the Chardonnay and Grecanico varieties. Thanks to the diminished yield the red French grapes, most of all Syrah and Cabernet Franc, were even better. This means great colour and great structure; the Plumbago’s Nero d’Avola for instance displayed its magnificent fragrance to perfection.
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Time of Harvest

10

september

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Vinification

Destalking followed by 21 days on the skins at 25⁰C; after racking, malolactic fermentation follows in stainless steel and wood; maturation in barriques for 14 months

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Alcohol Content

14,5%vol.

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Aging Capacity

To drink at once or age for 7/10 years

Tasting Notes
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Mouth
Sweet oriental spices and a fleeting recall of toasted cocoa accompany the wine in all its tasting processes
Now providing hints of sun-ripened black fruit, now with more wintery notes of leather and humus.
An enveloping sensation recalls the consistency of velvet with a minty and black pepper finish.
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